Comprehensive Mine Action in Algeciras
SDC will continue supporting the clearance of antipersonnel mines explosive/unexploded ordnances/ improvised explosive devices in the municipality of Algeciras (Huila), as part of the implementation of the peace accord with the FARC-EP. This project aims to protect highly affected communities by the armed conflict and create conditions for socioeconomic and territorial development in a zone where the FARC-EP had a historic presence. This contribution will address a key issue for a sustainable peace in Colombia. It will also strengthen Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM), which is the first and the strongest Colombian association accredited for humanitarian demining.
Conflict & fragility
Removal of land mines
- National NGO
Algeciras is a municipality with high index of poverty and poor social and economic development. It has been deeply affected by the armed conflict. Although it was given priority for humanitarian demining immediately within the implementation of the Peace Agreement with FACRC-EP, the process of demining is far from being completed. Its strategic position at the border with San Vicente del Caguán (department of Caquetá) made it the ideal transit and presence area of the FARC-EP guerrilla. It was the operational center of the “Columna Móvil Teófilo Forero”, an elite corps within the guerilla, and has been a hot spot for maneuvers and transit of other armed groups through all the years.
Algeciras records the highest number of forced displacement of the department of Huila and is the municipality with the highest number of incidents from APM/UXO/IED. The last casualty happened in 2016, leaving a minor killed and another injured. Furthermore, the Ombudsman Office stresses that due to the growing presence of new illegal armed groups and FARC-EP dissidents, there is a strong worry that new mining activities are taking place in the region. In view of the precarious situation that persists, it is of utmost importance that the demining process that has been started and supported by Switzerland continues. This contribution will lead to an improvement of the life conditions of the people in Algeciras in a safety environment.
|Objectives||Reduce risks caused by APM/UXO/IED in the affected communities of Algeciras to the extent that people’s safety perception is enhanced|
Directly: 413 persons (218 M, 195 F).
Indirectly: 24.492 inhabitants of Algeciras (63% in urban and 37% in rural area).
Outcome 1: Mapping of threats caused by APM/UXO/IED in Algeciras through Non-Technical Study (NTS) is finished.
Outcome 2: Threats of APM/UXO/IED in the municipality of Algeciras, Huila, are eliminated through manual demining.
Outcome 3: The communities of Algeciras handle risks and impacts related to APM/UXO/IED.
Outcome 4: More equitable gender roles and relationships within the teams, families and communities have been achieved.
Achieved results: -Non-Technical Survey (NTS) is finished in Algeciras.
Results from previous phases: -11.073 m2 cleared and handed over to the national authority.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) is the first Colombian association to receive accreditation for humanitarian demining (2016). It has more than 15 years of experience in manifold areas of mine action. It has been a partner of SDC since 2017
HD operators (i.e. The Halo Trust, Handicap International, Humanicemos DH), CICR, UNMAS, UNICEF, other donors.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||The Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, Descontamina Colombia (National Authority), Comisión Intersectorial Nacional para la Acción Integral contra Minas Antipersonal (CINAMAP), Victim Assistance Unit (UARIV), Land Restitution National Unit (URT) and Organization of American States (OAS), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (partner of HSD), local and regional authorities, communities, victim associations|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 1'165'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 643'152 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 2'641'022 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF 1'565'000|
|Project phases||Phase 2 24.11.2018 - 23.03.2020 (Current phase)|